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J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Nov;38(10):1155-64. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jst063. Epub 2013 Aug 26.

Developmentally and culturally appropriate screening in primary care: development of the behavioral health checklist.

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CHOP North (3535 Market) - Room 1471, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th St. and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. power@email.chop.edu.

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  • J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Sep;39(8):963.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the construct validity of the Behavioral Health Checklist (BHCL) for children aged from 4 to 12 years from diverse backgrounds.

METHOD:

The parents of 4-12-year-old children completed the BHCL in urban and suburban primary care practices affiliated with a tertiary-care children's hospital. Across practices, 1,702 were eligible and 1,406 (82.6%) provided consent. Children of participating parents were primarily non-Hispanic black/African American and white/Caucasian from low- to middle-income groups. Confirmatory factor analyses examined model fit for the total sample and subsamples defined by demographic characteristics.

RESULTS:

The findings supported the hypothesized 3-factor structure: Internalizing Problems, Externalizing Problems, and Inattention/Hyperactivity. The model demonstrated adequate to good fit across age-groups, gender, races, income groups, and suburban versus urban practices.

CONCLUSION:

The findings provide strong evidence of the construct validity, developmental appropriateness, and cultural sensitivity of the BHCL when used for screening in primary care.

KEYWORDS:

behavior problems; mental health; primary care

PMID:
23978505
PMCID:
PMC3888156
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jst063
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